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Trump Signs MGT Act Into Law to Facilitate Federal IT Modernization

President Trump signed the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act into law on Tuesday, establishing an IT modernization fund for federal agencies to upgrade their outdated technology systems. The MGT Act creates a $500 million central modernization fund over two years,...
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House Passes Major Cybersecurity Legislation

House lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. The bill was sponsored by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize...
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Senators Introduce Legislation to Bolster Election Cybersecurity

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Wednesday , introduced bipartisan legislation to protect American election systems from foreign interference. The senators, who are members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced the Securing America's...
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House Passes Bill Aimed at Boosting Cybersecurity at U.S. Ports

The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill meant to boost cybersecurity at the nation’s seaports. H.R. 3101, the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 was passed in the wake of the...
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Senate Passes Cybersecurity Legislation Aimed at Small Businesses

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act. The bipartisan bill will provide a consistent set of resources for small businesses to...
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Senate Releases Bipartisan Legislation to Guide Driverless Car Industry

The Senate released bipartisan legislation on Thursday specifically aimed at providing federal laws to guide the autonomous vehicle industry. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today introduced the...
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Senate Votes to Ban Kaspersky Lab Products From Government Networks

The U.S. Senate on Monday passed an amendment against Kaspersky Lab pushed forward by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. The amendment bans the use of Kaspersky Lab software across the federal government, and passed the Senate as part of...
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Congressman Reintroduces the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act

Following the Equifax data breach, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, reintroduced the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which provides for a single national breach notification standard. The bill requires that companies notify...
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Legislator Introduces Bill to Provide Americans With Free Credit Protections

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Thursday introduced legislation to allow Americans to protect themselves from financial fraud at no cost. This is response to reports that millions of Americans’ personally identifiable and credit card information was exposed in...
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Legislators Introduce Bill Tasking Credit Report Companies With Greater Accountability

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass,), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced legislation on Thursday to require accountability and transparency for data brokers like Equifax who are collecting and selling personal and sensitive information about...
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Legislators Request Information on Equifax Breach, Say Incident Most Costly Yet

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Monday called on Equifax Inc., to respond to reports that the firm experienced a data breach exposing personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers,...
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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Protect Aircraft from Drones

U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) last week introduced the Drone Operator Safety Act, a bill to help protect American air traffic from the misuse of drones. The bill would make it a criminal offense to...
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Hurd Introduces Smart Wall Legislation

U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) last week introduced the Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology (SMART) Act. Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX), David G. Valadao (R-CA), Steve Knight (R-CA), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Keith Rothfus...
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Senators Introduce Long Overdue Bill to Improve Security of IoT Devices

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices. The...
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AIRWAVES Act to Expedite Introduction of High Speed Wireless to Rural Areas

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on Tuesday introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which is aimed at encouraging the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for...
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Senators Introduce Legislation to Combat Cybercrime

A bipartisan pair of senators on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at combating cybercrime against U.S. computer networks. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced legislation to combat cyberattacks...
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Google Slammed With Record $2.7B Fine by EU in Antitrust Case

The European Commission slammed Google with a €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday for breaching EU antitrust rules. According to EU antitrust regulators, Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage...
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Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Protect Online Privacy

Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act of 2017 to protect the online privacy of Americans. The legislation designates the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...
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PATCH Act: Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Establish Govt. Cyber Vulnerability Review Board

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to prevent another mass leak of government-owned hacking tools, by forcing the government to present its haul of undisclosed zero-day exploits it uses to target computers and networks...
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House Passes Hurd-Connolly IT Modernization Bill

A bill to create avenues for agencies to modernize their IT systems passed the House in a floor vote Wednesday. The Hurd-Connolly Modernizing Government Technology Act maintains that current aging government technology is not only expensive and inefficient, but also...
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Congress Launches Advanced Energy Storage Caucus to Bipartisan Support

U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (R-NY) and Mark Takano (D-CA) launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress last week, joined by executives from leading utilities, developers, and manufacturers of storage technologies. The focus of the Caucus is to educate Members...
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House Panel Passes Bill Aimed at Helping Small Businesses Improve Their Cyber Defenses

The House Science Committee passed legislation Tuesday requiring the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the government’s cybersecurity standards agency, to provide guidance and other resources to small businesses to help them bolster their cyber posture. H.R. 2105, the...
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Senator Introduces Bill to Nullify FCC’s Open Internet Order

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Monday introduced a bill that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and prohibit the FCC from issuing a similar rule in the future. The bill, Restoring Internet Freedom Act, is...
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Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Digital Trade Caucus

Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) launched the Congressional Digital Trade Caucus Monday to promote a U.S. trade policy that works in the digital economy. Digital trade accounts for more than half of U.S. service exports. The United...
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Lawmakers Reintroduce IT Modernization Bill in Congress

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT), a federal IT reform package is designed to reduce wasteful IT spending and strengthen information security by accelerating the federal government’s transition to modern technology like cloud...
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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Bolster Cybersecurity Resources for Small Businesses

A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act. The new legislation will provide a consistent set of resources for small businesses...
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House Passes Bill to Allow ISPs Collect Users’ Personal Data Without Permission

The House voted Tuesday 215 to 205 to block internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. The FCC rules aimed to give consumers greater autonomy over how ISPs could use their data. The recently...
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Sen. Warner Questions D.C.’s Metro on Cyberattack Preparedness

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) on Monday grilled the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) on three areas related to systems communication – specifically cybersecurity operations, wireless communication, and interoperability of first-responder communications systems after radio problems hindered...
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Rule 41 Senate Block Fails: US Government Surveillance Powers Now Expanded

A final attempt by a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to allow a vote to block a new rule that grants federal agents armed with a single search warrant the authority to hack millions of Americans' computers or smartphones...
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Lawmakers Say DOJ ‘Dodged’ Senate Questions About Government Hacking

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Chris Coons, D-Del., said Tuesday they are “deeply disappointed with the Justice Department’s failure to substantively answer” many of the questions by 23 U.S. lawmakers about a new expanded mass hacking authority that is...
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Lawmaker Urges FTC to Investigate Office Depot Over Reports of Unnecessary Computer Repairs

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez urging the agency to investigate allegations that Office Depot is causing consumers to buy unnecessary computer repair packages and software. The allegations against Office...
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U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Stall Implementation of Enhanced Government Hacking Powers

U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at delaying controversial changes to search and seizure rules that would facilitate certain forms of hacking by law enforcement. The Review the Rule Act aims to delay for discussion proposed amendments to Rule 41...
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U.S. Lawmakers Examine the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks

The Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), and the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), on Wednesday held a hearing examining the recent series of Internet of Things...
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OMB Updates Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites and Digital Services

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo on Tuesday to heads of Executive departments and agencies informing them of updates to Federal Agency public websites and digital services. Federal Agency public websites and digital services include online...
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ONC’s Report to Congress Focuses on Interoperability and Future of Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a staff division of the Office of the Secretary, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has issued its annual report to Congress on the...
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House Committees to Probe Cyberattack Against Dyn

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), have scheduled a joint hearing for Wednesday, November 16, to probe...
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Industry Group Urges Senate to Act on IT Modernization Bill

The Professional Services Council (PSC), sent a letter last week to leaders in the Senate, urging the Senate to take action on H.R. 6004, the “Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2016,” before the end of the legislative session. The bill...
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U.S. Lawmakers Query Justice Department on New Hacking Rules

A bipartisan group of legislators on Thursday signed a letter asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to clarify how forthcoming rule changes to the scope of government hacking powers could affect citizens’ privacy. Scheduled to go into effect on December...
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U.S. Senator Probes Bot-Laden DDoS Attack on Dyn, Lack of Security of IoT Devices

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, is seeking for solutions to prevent cyber actors from wreaking havoc using consumer IoT products.  Warner sent...
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Proposed Bill to Give Tax Credits for Cyber Insurance

This month, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced a new bill, H.R. 6032, the Data Breach Insurance Act. The bill would provide a 15 percent tax deduction on premium paid for businesses that purchase data breach insurance. To receive the credit,...
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Democratic Senators Call Yahoo’s Delay in Announcing Breach ‘Unaccpetable’

Pressure continues to mount on Yahoo as repercussions from the recently announced massive breach stack up. Six democratic senators have written a scathing letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, calling the delay in reporting the 2014 breach of over...
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Sen. Mark Warner Urges SEC to Investigate Yahoo Breach

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate whether Yahoo properly notified the public and its investors of the massive security breach that affected at least 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the...
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Lawmakers Form Bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday announced the creation of a Congressional Blockchain Caucus dedicated to the advancement of sound public policy toward cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based technologies. “Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize the financial services industry,...
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House Unanimously Passes Modernizing Government Technology Act

The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act passed on a voice vote by the House, Thursday. The legislation sponsored by Representatives Will Hurd, Gerry Connolly, Jason Chaffetz, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, and Congressman Mark Meadows, is aimed at...
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Yahoo Hack: Blumenthal Calls for Congressional Action on Data Breach and Security

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has called for Congress to enact data breach and security legislation following Yahoo’s Thursday disclosure of a 2014 data breach. The breach affected well over 500 million users, making it the largest publicly disclosed...
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New Cyber Bill Proposes Agency Heads be Fired When Breaches Occur

A bill introduced in the House this week by Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., proposes that agency heads be demoted, fired or subjected to disciplinary action if a data breach occurs under their watch. Titled, the Cybersecurity Responsibility and Accountability Act...
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U.S. Treasury Pressures EU to Rescind Apple Tax Ruling

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday the European Commission's order that Apple pay back taxes to Ireland could negatively affect Europe's economic outlook. He made this observation at an event to discuss Washington's position ahead of a...
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House Passes Two Bills Aimed At Encouraging Startup Investing

The House on Tuesday voted 394-4 to pass a measure aimed at reworking regulations for crowdfunding. The bill, H.R. 4855, (Fix Crowdfunding Act) attracted bipartisan support and easily cruised through the House by a vote of 394 – 4. ...
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Sen. Warren Advocates For Stronger Restrictions On Internet Providers’ Use Of Customer Data

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote a letter on Tuesday advocating for strong Federal Communications Commission privacy rules for internet service providers. In the letter, which was addressed to FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, she asked for “strong FCC rules to establish...
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Democrats Stage Sit-In On House Floor To Force Gun Control Legislation: Cameras Go Dark

Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to try and force action on gun control legislation. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), urged his colleagues to “join him on the floor,” and dozens of Democrats obliged him. Shortly after this,...